06/02/2011

U.S. trip

I will be staying the US for three month from the begging of June.  My US trip are usually only about two weeks so I'm especially excited about this one!

The 311 quake made me think about life and I thought of the things I'd like to do while I can.

I always experience new things when I travel.  Having lots of time on this trip, I'm looking forward to experiencing many things to add to my experiences.

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12/02/2010

Volkswagen cruise to Arizona part2 - U.S. trip

On the way, we stopped by at a very old humburger place, VW junkyard, "Bugdud Cafe"  and some other great spot.

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11/22/2010

Volkswagen cruise to Arizona - U.S. trip

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Last time, I visited the States for checking and buying parts, the boss of one supplier invited me to join a cruise to Arizona by VW vehicles using Route66.  It was such an exciting thing for me but I hadn't much time to go on the whole cruise (4days) because I had to stop by at many suppliers around California.

So I joined them for one day, just getting a taste of Arizona.  There were 8 people on the cruise: four Americans, three Germans and me a Japanese.  What an international cruize!

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Out of the seven cars we used on the cruise (including the boring car I rented), two were streched type2 vehicles.  That was the first time I saw streched ones.

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09/24/2010

O-sushi - U.S.trip

Before I write about my Kyoto trip, I have to write the rest of the topic on Sushi.

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I forgot the name but it's a sushi dish that uses salmon with curry sauce on top.  I love this as well.  Anyway, you can't eat this kind of sushi in Japan.

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This is an example of a very traditional Japanese sushi dish.  On left is "uni" and on the right, "ikura".

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The daughter of the friend that took me to this restaurant was the one that wanted to order ikura.  I had one of the two ikura sushi and this ikura was different from the ikura used in sushi at restaurants in Japan.  Traditional ikura used in Japanese sushi restaurant are salted but the ikura used at this restaurant was prepared with soy sauce.  This ikura was good but I'd like her to try traditional ikura at a sushi restaurant in Japan.

Anyway, I was able to have a great time with them.  Thank you!

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09/17/2010

Sushi - U.S. trip

 

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Some of the suppliers I visit on mt U.S. trip are not only suppliers but also friends to me.

 

Last time when I visited in the States, one of them took me and his family to a sushi restaurant.  In my opinion, most shshi restaurant in the States are a little different from those in  Japan.

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But the restaurant my friend took me to was closer to the sushi restaurant in Japan.  On top of that, it was very nice.

Of course there were menu that would seem strange to regular Japanese, but those creative dishes were good as well as the traditional Japanese dishes.

To let you know, avocados aren't used in traditional Japanese sushi.  Did you know that?

 

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This is a "crunchy roll," one of the creative American suchi dishes that I really love.

 

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08/26/2010

The VWs that were at Bug-o-rama - U.S. trip

 

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This is unthinkable price for cars in Japan.

 

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08/16/2010

The VWs that were at Bug-o-rama - U.S. trip

 

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At the swap meet.  The owner of this bus sold me good products.
Thanks a lot.
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08/14/2010

The VWs that were at Bug-o-rama - U.S. trip

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Doodle bug.  Always at the event.
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Tatto shop Choro-Q.

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08/11/2010

Square mirrors - U.S.trip

 

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These mirrors are hardly ever seen on buses in Japan.  I sometime see them on sale at swap-meet in the States.  I have no idea if it's easy to use but I bought them for my 66 bus.
I'll inform you after I have tried them.

 

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08/08/2010

The VWs that were at Bug-o-rama - U.S. trip

 

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Heading to the raceway.

 

 

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08/07/2010

The VWs that were at Bug-o-rama - U.S. trip

 

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08/06/2010

"The tools" - U.S. trip

 

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After much consideration, I got this tools.

 

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08/03/2010

Mickey-chan?

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OK, I want to get back to the subject about my last U.S. trip.
This Mickey-chan at the event was a little different from mine.  I bet you can tell the difference between this Mickey-chan and mine.  Neither can I.
Not!  lol.

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07/25/2010

Ribbed bumper - U.S. Trip

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I was looking for a ribbed bumpers for a friend but when I found one, it was made of fiber glass...

Too bad...

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07/21/2010

Fan motor - U.S. trip

 

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This is something I was looking for.  A fan motor for a heater on a late model bay-window buses.
If I were to use this on an older bus, I'm guessing that I could build a nice heater system.
Don't you need to buy a Webasto heater system anymore?
Anyway, I'll try it.

 

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07/20/2010

Sun down - U.S trip

 

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I was walking around and buying more and more things at the swapmeet.  It's tiring but it's also a lot of fun for me.
The sun went down before I noticed it.
This event will go on tommorw and I pondered whether I should camp here or go back to the city once to check into the motel.

 

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07/19/2010

Hibachi - U.S. trip

 

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This is something I found at a swapmeet.  "Hibachi" is Japanese and this is used for heaters...though I'm not sure.
Anyway, it is the name of an old Japanese heating utility.
"Son of Hibachi"??
I'm guessing that this is used for barbeques?

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07/18/2010

Madman - U.S. trip

 

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He's crazy!  He removed the tires from the wheel using just hand tools!
When I told him I don't need the tires, this is what he did.  And so, I was able to buy just the wheels.
Anyway, I always go around looking for 14 inch wheels for buses.  I use them after completely repainting them.
Going back to the guy in the picture, he was the most amazing guy at the swapmeet in Bug-o-rama.

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07/17/2010

Rusty bug - U.S. trip

 

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This is a bug I found at an event in Sacramento.  I really like these kind of rusty cars.

 

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07/16/2010

Something I was thankful for - U.S. trip

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When I go to the states, I can’t find any drinks that are not sweet (except water) at the stores. That’s tough for us Japanese.

I found Japanese tea at Costco in LA. I also found tea in cans!

Something I was thankful for is being able to get Japanese tea in the states for a cheap price. I bought a case of 24 cans and drunk all of them in about 2 weeks.

 

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07/14/2010

US trip 2010 - U.S. trip

 

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I have gone again to California this year, as I do every year, to check the VW product market and participate in a VW event. It was a trip less than two weeks long but I was constantly moving about and had no time to really rest, but because of that, I was able to get the most done business-wise on this trip out of all the other previous trips.

Thanks to my friends in the U.S., I was able to have wonderful experiences.

 

The first thing I always do after arriving in the States is eating at In-n-out  burger as usual.

 

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